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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged

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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (20 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 057124064X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571240647
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 1 x 12.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 846,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

Book Description

A complete and unabridged recording of Simon Armitage's hugely successful translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, read by the author.

About the Author

Simon Armitage was born in West Yorkshire in 1963. In 1992 he was winner of one of the first Forward Prizes, and a year later was the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year. He works as a freelance writer, broadcaster and playwright, and has written extensively for radio and television. Previous titles include Kid, Book of Matches, The Dead Sea Poems, CloudCuckooLand, Killing Time, The Universal Home Doctor, Homer's Odyssey and Tyrannosaurus Rex versus The Corduroy Kid.


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I have known the legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight for several years thanks to a Channel 4 animation which I really enjoyed. The story really captured my imagination and I decided I would one day get around to reading it. However, I often find reading this type of poetry quite difficult, as these are forms ofstory-telling designed to be spoken and heard. When I saw that Simon Armitage had done a new translation of the work, I decided this would be the perfect way to hear the story again. Armitage's translation works very well, and his style of reading the poem is engaging. I initially intended to listen to it over a few nights whilst doing the washing up, but ended up sat in the kitchen listening to the whole thing in one go.

If, like me, reading this type of literature isn't your thing, this telling will is accessible and enjoyable. This is a great introduction to some of the traditional story telling of the middle ages. The story of Gawain stands the test of these many years and modern audiences may be intrigued by some of the homo-eroticism, sexuality and violence of parts of the story. A must for anyone interested in English literature, Arthurian legend, or just plain exciting story-telling.
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Although not a great poet, Simon Armitage has produced a tasty, energetic translation of Gawain. Its fondness for colloquialism means
it will probably have a short shelf-life but it may well help introduce this magnificent poem to young readers. Certainly the translation
deserves a much more energetic reading: Simon Callow would bring the jolly Green Giant to life magnificently. Simon Armitage sounds
more like a manically depressed robot: hopeless at voicing different actors in the story and relentlessly unhappy.
This is a joyful tale with sombre moments, not a lament. Don't listen to it for more than ten minutes at a stretch; you may decide to hang yourself.
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I bought this book and CD for my husband as a present, having heard Simon Armitage reading parts of the poem on the radio. We both loved Simon's translation of the poem, my husband prefers to listen to the CD and I have found that I prefer to read the poem for myself.
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This is a poem that I have enjoyed. There is something about listening to poetry which makes the poem more accessible. I think poetry is one area of literature that should be more readily available on CD. I really like Simon Armitage's work.
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